The city of Houston is using income from strip clubs to fund rape investigations. Yes, you heard right. The city enacted a tax that imposes a $5 per customer fee on strip clubs to help pay for the analysis of evidence collected from rape victims.
Proponents of the new ordinance say strip clubs bear some responsibility for rape since they help cultivate unhealthy attitudes toward women.
“There are negative secondary effects associated with adult-entertainment establishments,” said Ellen Cohen, the council member who proposed the city ordinance.
The ordinance will also extend to places which stage occasional adult entertainment, such as bars that put on wet t-shirt contests.
It is estimated that the new ordinance could generate $3 million dollars in revenue annually.